Poland buys spare parts and materials for its Leopard tanks
WARSAW, (BM) – Poland has announced the commencement of the procedure to conclude a framework agreement for the supply of spare parts and materials for Leopard 2A4 / A5 MBTs’ service, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citinf Defence24. This tender’s success may lead to the actual implementation of a qualitatively new support system for Leopards in the Polish Army.
The complete tender, carried out under the restricted procedure, is broken down into 482 part ranges (no additional options). They concern about the supply of spare parts and materials for the Leopard 2A4 / A5 MBTs service in service with the Polish Armed Forces. It is assuming that the deliveries will be conducted for four years.
The deadline for submitting bids in the tender mentioned above is January 19, 2021, when they are to be opened and assessed, and then the contractor is selected, and the contract is signed. The following criteria will be used to evaluate the offers submitted in all eight tasks: price and contract completion date.
The procedure takes place under the Public Procurement Law, in a restricted process. Hence, contractors with their seat or place of residence in one of the Member States of the European Union, the European Economic Area or a country with which the European Union or the Republic of Poland concluded an international procurement agreement in the defense field. The Official Journal of the EU’s notice informed that a framework contract might be finished with a maximum of 10 contractors.
The conclusion of this agreement will allow the implementation of a new method of securing spare parts for Polish Leopards. Stable from the user’s point of view (no need to conduct individual tenders for the purchase of specific elements) and give the contractor the chance to plan production capacity to implement works related to spare parts and materials for servicing tanks.
So, if the contract is concluded and implemented successfully, it may mean a qualitative change supporting Leopards’ exploitation. Entities may participate in the tender, including Wojskowe Zakłady Motoryzacyjne S.A. from Poznan. For several years, the company has created its spare parts supply system for Leopard 2A5 and A4 vehicles, based on cooperation with KMW’s foreign partner. The Poznań plant is a leader in Leopard 2A5 tanks’ repairs and can modify and modernize them.
At the same time, they cooperate with ZM Bumar-Łabędy, which is implementing the modernization program of Leopard 2A4 tanks to the 2PL standard. According to the division of labor adopted by PGZ, WZM will be responsible for the support and modernization of Leopard 2A5 tanks and power-pack systems for all tank versions. Simultaneously, Bumar in Gliwice is responsible for the modernization of the Leopard 2A4s to the 2PL version and support for tanks of both versions.
The Armed Forces of Poland received the first Leopard-2PL tanks
As we reported in June this year, the Consortium Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. – PGZ announced the delivery of the first two tanks to the Armed Forces of Poland, upgraded to the level of Leopard-2PL.
According to PGZ Board President Andrzej Kensbock, the supply of the first tanks is a key step in the Leopard 2PL program. Acceptance of these machines offers the consortium the opportunity to supply the Polish Armed Forces with a large batch of MBT of this configuration.
Over the past two weeks, the consortium has conducted final tank tests before delivery to the customer. According to the test results, the acceptance committee made a positive decision. The first batch of Leopard-2PL will go into service with the 10th Armored Cavalry Brigade [Sventoszów] of the 11th Armored Cavalry Division.
Modernization of the Leopard-2A4 tanks to the Leopard-2PL standard, in particular, includes replacing the hydraulic stabilization systems for the gun and the turret with electric ones, improving the Rh-120 L44 smoothbore gun while maintaining a 44-gauge barrel length and adapting it to the use of new types of ammunition . MBT “Leopard-2PL” is also equipped with modified sighting and observation systems of the commander and gunner with the 3rd generation thermal imaging camera KLW-1 ASTERIA.
The tower is equipped with additional armored modules, a new fire extinguishing system is installed. As part of the modernization work, all tanks also undergo maintenance, which is mainly carried out by the Polish defense industry.
According to the PGZ management, the modernization and restoration of the technical condition of the Leopard-2A4 MBT allowed enterprises to gain new competencies. The consortium has built facilities for repair and supply and is currently working to ensure the supply of spare parts for Leopard-2PL.
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The consortium announced plans to build capacity for the restoration and production of a number of tank components, carry out the necessary certification and enter the supply chain of components for this equipment. Given the long-term prospects of operating Leopard-2, this decision should benefit both the company and the customer represented by the Polish Armed Forces.
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